The three nostalgic British musicals in the Cliff Richard DVD Collection are a good reminder that, thanks to a few short years in the 1960s, Sir Cliff can legitimately include "film star" on his already exceptional show business CV. The Young Ones (1961), Summer Holiday (1963) and Wonderful Life (1964) would make tame fare for a teen audience today, but they retain a polished and honest charm which might surprise the sharpest of cynics. First and foremost, of course, they were Cliff Richard vehicles: designed to showcase his all-round talents and capitalise on his first, heady wave of pop chart success. They are also unashamed homages to the heyday of the MGM B-musical with familiar themes: let's put on a show/save the youth club/make a film. But with up-and-coming directors Sidney Furie and Peter Yates making imaginative and sophisticated use of wide-angle camera work and fresh, snappy choreography by Herbert Ross and Gillian Lynne, they also have plenty of assets other than Cliff's wholesome appeal. There are some fine set pieces and surreal flashes, notably the history of cinema in Wonderful Life and the extraordinary mime sequence in Summer Holiday. They also tap into the very British energy of a group of young actors and dancers including Una Stubbs, Susan Hampshire, Melvyn Hayes and Richard O'Sullivan, as well as Cliff's band at the time, The Shadows. For sheer verve, they deserve to be seen on their own merits. On the DVD: The Cliff Richard DVD Collection has been pristinely restored; the colours and clarity, not to mention the use of Cinemascope, leap off the screen (aspect ratio 2.35:1). The mono soundtrack recreates the authentic bandbox sound of the 1960s. Aside from theatrical trailers, the most notable extras are directors' commentaries: actually Furie and Yates in occasionally long-winded conversation with film and music writers. Both men give fascinating insight into the film-making climate in Britain in the early 1960s.--Piers Ford
Following on from Marty Wilde's gold album in March this year and his sell-out UK tour this DVD was shot on the last night at The London Palladium May 27th 2007. It features special guests Hank Marvin Jet Harris Brian Bennett Bruce Welch and Kim and Roxanne Wilde. Tracklisting: DVD 1: 1. Endless Sleep 2. Little Girl 3. Rubber Ball 4. Nut Rocker 5. Sea of Love 6. Six Five Special 7. Freight Train (featuring Roxanne Wilde) 8. Puttin' on the Style 9. So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad) (duet with Roxanne Wilde) 10. Scarlett O'Hara (performed by Jet Harris with The Wildcats) 11. Theme For Something Really Important (performed by Jet Harris with The Wildcats) 12. Diamonds (performed by Jet Harris with the Wildcats) 13. Like I've Never Been Gone 14. I Will 15. I'd Never Find Another You 16. Halfway To Paradise 17. Apron Strings 18. Do You Wanna Dance 19. Kids in America (featuring Kim Wilde) 20. Interval 21. Jezebel 22. Danny 23. It Doesn't Matter Anymore 24. Bad Boy (featuring original Wildcats Brian Bennett Brian 'Licorice' Locking and Big Jim Sullivan) 25. Tomorrow's Clown 26. Jesamine 27. Here Comes That Feeling (featuring Roxanne Wilde) 28. Something Stupid (duet with Roxanne Wilde) 29. Nights in White Satin (duet with Justin Hayward) 30. Only Sixteen 31. I Remember You 32. Summer Holiday (featuring Brian Bennett and Bruce Welch) 33. Move It (featuring Brian Bennett Hank Marvin and Bruce Welch) 34. Donna 35. A Teenager in Love 36. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word (duet with Kim Wilde) 37. Are you Lonesome Tonight 38. Roll Over Beethoven DVD 2: Features interviews and photo gallery
Filmed at the Cardiff Indoor Arena in spring 2004 The Final Tour captures Hank Marvin Bruce Welch and Brian Bennett together as The Shadows for one last time. This release features both the music DVD and the 2CD set for a complete audio visual experience. DVD Tracklist: 1. Intro - Apache Medley 2. Riders In The Sky 3. The Frightened City 4. Theme For Young Lovers 5. Peace Pipe 6. The Savage 7. Let Me Be The One 8. The Stranger 9. Kon Tiki 10. Going Home (theme from Local Hero) 11. Dance On 12. Nivram 13. Lady Of The Morning 14. My Home Town 15. Guitar Tango 16. Geronimo 17. Sleepwalk 18. 36-24-36 19. Shazam 20. Don't Cry For Me Argentina 21. Equinox V 22. Mountains Of The Moon 23. Shadoogie 24. Gonzales 25. Don't Make My Baby Blue 26. The Rise And Fall Of Flingle Bunt 27. Atlantis 28. Shindig 29. Man Of Mystery 30. Foot Tapper 31. Please Don't Tease 32. In The Country 33. I Could Easily Fall 34. The Day I Met Marie 35. Gee Whiz It's You 36. Summer Holiday 37. Bachelor Boy 38. Little B 39. Theme From The Deerhunter 40. Wonderful Land 41. FBI 42. Apache CD Disc 1 - Tracklist: 1. Intro - Apache Medley 2. Riders In The Sky 3. The Frightened City 4. Theme For Young Lovers 5. Peace Pipe 6. The Savage 7. Let Me Be The One 8. The Stranger 9. Kon Tiki 10. Going Home (Theme From Local Hero) 11. Dance On 12. Nivram 13. Lady Of The Morning 14. My Home Town 15. Guitar Tango 16. Geronimo 17. Sleepwalk 18. 36-24-36 19. Shazam 20. Don't Cry For Me Argentina 21. Equinox V CD Disc 2 - Tracklist 22. Mountains Of The Moon 23. Shadoogie 24. Gonzalez 25. Don't Make My Baby Blue 26. The Rise And Fall Of Flingle Bunt 27. Atlantis 28. Shindig 29. Man Of Mystery 30. Foot Tapper 31. Please Don't Tease 32. In The Country 33. I Could Easily Fall 34. The Day I Met Marie 35. Gee Whiz It's You 36. Summer Holiday 37. Bachelor Boy 38. Little B 39. Theme From The Deerhunter 40. Wonderful Land 41. FBI 42. Apache
Finally the mighty Clapton in all his guises! From the Yardbirds to Cream this double DVD collectors set examines the motivations behind some of the best music in modern history! Music in Review: The definitive independent film review of Eric Clapton's music on film on record and in concert. Featuring interviews with leading Clapton authorities including Chris Welch author of 'Cream' and Clapton insiders including former band mate Jack Bruce alongside rare archive material from the early days and onwards! Inside Cream: Drawing on rare archive material this independent and candid review revisits every single cream album reassessing the work of the band from their breathtaking debut to untimely demise. Led by Cream lyricist Pete Brown a leading team of experts analyse vintage performances!
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